On the Road: 100 Years of Motorcycles in America
WHEN: September 25 through December 4, 2011; Preview Gala event takes place on Saturday, September 24. For invitations please call Maria Gatewood, 973.971.3705 or -email email@example.com
WHERE: Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown
This exhibition offers an exhilarating look at the motorcycle—its origins, engineering innovations, customization and, of course, bike culture. From a 1901 Thomas Auto-Bi to motorcycles owned by celebrities such as Malcolm Forbes to contemporary custom choppers, On the Road will examine important milestones of motorcycle history in the United States, including the first cross-country trip, racing, safety, women and riding, politics and Hollywood. Also on view will be motorcycle memorabilia, fashions, safety gear and vintage posters. (Images: On the Road exhibition graphic by design-made.com; Custom motorcycle from the Collection of Buddy Christmann, Photo credit: Precision Custom Motorcycles, Whippany, NJ)
Bold Strokes: The Paintings of Chris Kappmeier
WHEN: October 20, 2011 through March 25, 2012
The public is invited to meet the artist at the opening reception, October 27, 6 – 8 PM, $10. For tickets please call 973.971.3706.
New Jersey artist Chris Kappmeier’s paintings burst with tiny expressionistic specks and dashes of paint that build to capture city vistas and landscapes in their splendor. An artist with a modern take on the traditions of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, Kappmeier says his paintings “call to mind the work of artists such as Van Gogh and Monet, who were also obsessed with visions of vibrant colors.” (Image: Brooklyn Botanical Garden Cherry Blossoms, Chris Kappmeier, Collection of the Artist)
WHEN: October 1, 2011 – January 8, 2012
This collection of hands-on puzzles is designed to challenge visitors’ problem-solving skills and provide plenty of fun. Includes mathematical conundrums and mind-boggling block puzzles that require creative thinking and problem-solving strategies. Several LEGO® tables will be set up, where visitors can use the problem-solving skills of Brainteasers and artistic inspiration from Art of the Brick® (see exhibition listing below) to build their own fantastic creations. This exhibition is produced and toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
Nathan Sawaya is an award-winning artist who creates large-scale sculptures using only toy building blocks: LEGO® bricks. His touring exhibit—The Art of the Brick®—has entertained and inspired millions of art lovers and enthusiasts around the globe. It is the only exhibition focusing exclusively on LEGO as an art medium. A special area will be set up where visitors, inspired by Sawaya’s work, can build their own LEGO creations. (Image: Yellow, Nathan Sawaya, Photo credit: brickartist.com)
MUSEUM HOURS: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11 AM to 5 PM; Thursday, 11 AM to 8 PM; and Sunday, 1-5 PM. Admission to the museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is always free for museum members and is free to the public every Thursday between 5 and 8 PM. For more information, call 973.971.3700, or visit www.morrismuseum.org.